This article is in partnership with Lowes Foods.
Your dining room table likely has a plethora of family stories: Memories of meals shared, glasses clinking, science projects and morning coffee. It’s in those moments the pieces of wood are so much more than a table – It is a story. Your story.
Lowes Foods shares the story of their local vendors through their Community Table program. Each new or remodeled store has a custom-built over-sized dining table with long benches which serve as the “heartbeat’ of the store.
In the Greer location, which opened this summer, the Community Table is built out of reclaimed barnwood from an Easley barn which was constructed in 1900. “After a lifetime of serving farmers, we’re happy to help it serve a community,” reads a description next to it. In fact, Each table has a special history, which is shared with shoppers.
Everyday, the Community Table hosts free, open-to-the-public events. Some days it’s cooking demonstrations from professional chefs and local vendors alike. Other days it’s crafting how-to’s or a chance to meet the creator of your favorite local product.
“It’s a way to bring people to the table in the store so they can go back to their homes and gather their families around the table and cook a meal,” Kate Townsend, Community Outreach Coordinator said.
The Community Table Program features both company wide events such as National Eggnog Day celebration, and hyper-localized vendors such as Banana Manna, a Greenville-based banana bread bakery.
“We have vendors bringing in their products themselves. They’re bringing their boxes of candles or sauces, or whatever it is and sharing it with the community,” Townsend said. “For them to come in with a huge audience of people like that, they’re reaching a huge audience.”
But community reaches further than just the official planned events. Anyone can use the table when it is not in use. “Any group who wants to is welcome to come and sit, for meetings, gatherings, etc,” Townsend said. Birthday parties have been hosted at the store around the Community Table (with that bakery, who wouldn’t want that?)
Everyday is a busy day around the Community Table, but the holiday season pumps it up a notch. This week you can shop a last minute gift spread, learn how to use those post-Christmas leftovers, and see how the pros make frittatas.
More Community Table events:
Saturday, Dec. 17 | Candy Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar gift 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18 | Bake Cookies Day 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 19 | Chef Belinda 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 20 | Mercy Verity Candles 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 21 | Banana Manna 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22 | What to eat for Breakfast : Frittata 11 – 1 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23 | Last minute gifts 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 24 | National Eggnog Day 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 26 | What to do with Leftovers: Sage & Turkey Pot Pie Soup
Tuesday, Dec. 27 | Sausage & Champagne: The bubbly
850 E Suber Rd #200, Greer, SC 29650
6 a.m. – 12 p.m.